A Series of Lessons Covering All
Branches of the Art of Caricaturing
FREDERICK J. DRAKE & CO
TMJE UTSHLTEO ST^^TTES
In the writing and illustrating of this book my aim has been to
produce a comprehensive and concise treatise on the art of caricaturing.
It has been made as brief as is consistent with clearness and complete'
Although the text is brief, no illustrations Ttfere spared. The
many plates illustrate all points necessary, and each of the points
illustrated are explained in the text with reference to that particular
illustration. In addition to the plates there are many caricatures of
famous men included.
Acting upon the assumption that it is easier to work if ones
assignments are already made, Chapter XII has been made up of
assignments and suggestions, which makes this book a complete course
If you obtain half as much pleasure and profit from the use of
this book as I derived from writing, and especially illustrating it, I
shall consider my time well spent.
Wishing you much success.
Frontispiece Facing Tide
List of Illustrations 11
Chapter I Pen Lines and Material 15
Chapter II The Face and Head 2J
Chapter III Expression 31
Chapter IV Exaggeration 37
Chapter V Comic Figures 43
Chapter VI Action 47
Chapter VII" Shading and Shadows 55
Chapter VIII Technique 61
Chapter IX Animals 69
Chapter X Lettering 75
Chapter XI This and That 81
Chapter XII Assignments and Suggestions 85
List of Illustrations
George Arliss Frontispiece
Plate 1 " 14
Nicola, The Magician 16
Frederick, The Great '.". 18
Robert Herrick 19
Plate 2 22
Plate 3 24
Plate 4 30
Plate 5 32
Marshal Foch 33
Plate 6 36
Plate 7 38
Plate 8 40
Plate 9 42
Robert Tristram Coffin, Poet 44
Plate 10 46
Plate 11 48
Benjamin Disraeli 49
12 List of Illustrations
Hate 12 50
Lorado Taft 51
Marshal Joffre 52
Plate 13 54
Plate 14 '56
.Woodrow Wilson 57
Plate 15 60
Charles G. Dawes 62
Jack Dempsey 63
Plate 16 64
Plate 17 68
Plate 18 . . : 70
Josef Lhevinne 71
Charles Darwin 72
Plate 19 74
Caret Garrett 76
Joe Byrns 80
Booth Tarkington 84
Giovanni Martmelli 87
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Pen Lines and Materials
The necessary material used in drawing caricatures are few and
inexpensive if we compare them to the tools of some of the professions,
such as surgery, etc.
The student of caricaturing should procure a number of drawing
pens in various sizes. Gillotts drawing pens are perhaps the most
widely used of all pens by cartoonists and pen apdtjnk artists in
generaL For drawing cartoons and caricatures siw^70J^opand^^
are the ones moat uattk-Qtber si?es and styles oipBSsmay be very
useful; especiaU^^owl poin^ens for drawing heavy lines for the out-
lines of cartoons. mttrtTBook are reproduced a number of caricatures
that were outlined with a lettering pen which enabled the artist to
get an- effect markedly original These lettering pens may be had m
many sizes, and shaped with round, square or oblong nibs. The
student, or, prospective student is advised to obtain some of these,
because every artist should learn to manipulate the lettering pen and
brush in lettering. Nearly -all art work requires more or less hand
Other materials needed are, black waterproof drawing ink
Higgins is very good and pencils for sketching arid drawing. All
drawings should be completely drawn with pencil before drawing in
ink. Art gum erasers, thumb tacks for fastening the drawing paper
or board to the drawing board will also be needed. The most satis-
factory material to make the drawings on is a good grade of Bristoli
Board. But if the drawings are not intended for publication, a good
quality of heavy, hard surface bond paper gives satisfactory results,
and is also very good for sketching. Caricaturing requires a great deal
of sketching, and one should keep a supply of good paper for this
purpose, to record ideas and impressions before they escape from the
mind never to return from that oblivion where all things mental and
material eventually go.
After which sudden outburst of scholarship and philosophy, let
us consider the manipulation of the pen, for the benefit of beginners
who are not familiar with this medium of drawing.
The drawing pen is held the same as in the proper position for
writing; that is, with the thumb and first and second fingers of the
A variety of pen lines are used in cartooning and caricaturing.
Fine lines, heavy lines, slow lines, fast lines, irregular lines^ and shaky
lines are most frequently used. On Plate 1 are illustrations of various
kinds of lines, dots, shading and etc. E, F and G are called Crosshatch
lines and they are used for shading. There are some examples of
Crosshatch in the iUustrations m this book; especially, of F, Plate 1.
Graded lines as in Q, R, S, T and U are drawn by increasing or
decreasing the pressure on the pen; they are best drawn rapidly. Ends
of lines dhat do not have their termination in other lines are usually
drawn thusly. An example of this is Fig. 3, Plate 9.
FREDERICK THE GREAT
K on Plate 1 was made with a small camels hair brush, which
every cartoonist should have. L is also drawn with the same brush.
Lines such as these are sometimes used to stripe trousers. See Fig. 4,
Plate 10. N is dots drawn with the brush, and M is termed Spatter,
which will be explained later.
Pen Lines and Materials
V and W are stamped with pads of denim and knit goods,
respectively. One can often create something original by experimenting*
and trying many ways and techniques of drawing an object* or
caricature. The same pad used in stamping W was used in drawing
the caricature of Robert Herrick.
In the drawing of caricatures and cartoons or any other com'
mercial art, for that matter the artist should know something about
the processes of reproduction for that particular form of art work.
For pen and ink work the engraving is made on a sine printing plate.
It is not necessary, however, to know all about these processes of
reproduction. The artist should know that all work intended for line
rqproducttons should be made on white paper or Bristol Board with
black drawing ink. The drawing to be reproduced is photographed on
a chemically treated sine plate, which is then treated with acid. This
acid eats away the surface of the sine, except the photographed' lines,
which are left in relief, somewhat like printing type. Colored inks do
not photograph well; neither does black ink on colored paper.
Drawings are usually reduced about one-half the original
dimensions in reproduction, which makes them really one'fourth the
original sise. Since the dimensions are, of course, reduced in proportion,
it naturally follows that the pen lines are also reduced in the same
proportion in breadth, or thickness. Therefore, in drawing for repro-
duction one should use heavier lines than appear in a printed drawing.
Study the many drawings in this book to see how they have been
drawn. Notice that the outlines are invariably the heaviest, while the
lines for shading and such, are finer. Notice also how the lines have
been drawn, and how the pressure on the pen has been decreased
gradually at the end of lines to taper them, and avoid that cut off
appearance that results from bringing the pen to an abrupt stop at the
same pressure, making the entire line the same thickness.
Study an accomplished artist's work and take advantage of what
he knows, and put your own original ideas in the drawing. This is the
road that leads to success in art.
The Face and Head
The head is not so difficult to karn to draw, but to learn to draw
it well requires diligent study and practice. It may not seem reasonable
to the beginner when told that it is much easier to karn to draw the
head well, than it is to draw hands well.
Although the features of the head and face are exaggerated in
cartoons, in life they follow closely definite proportions. These proper-
tions are as follows: The eyes are about midway between the top of the
head and the bottom of the chin; the nose is as long as the distance
from the nose to the bottom of the chin, and the mouth is erne third of
the distance from the end of the nose to the bottom of the chin; the
top of the ears are about on a line with the eyebrows, and the bottoms
on a line with the end of the nose.
To draw a front view cartoon of the head, draw a perpendicular
line for the center of the face, as B, Kg. 1, Plate 2. This line will be
equidistant from the eyes and split the nose and mouth in two equal .
parts. Near the center of this line draw a horizontal line, as FF, Fig. 1.
Next draw line EE for the brows and the top of the ears, and GG as a
guide for the bottom of the ears and end of nose. Lines A and C, Fig. 1
are drawn equidistant from, and parallel to, line B. These are all the
lines necessary in drawing a cartoon, but in drawing a caricature of a
definite face it is better to make guide lines for the top of the head and
bottom of chm in the proportions outlined in the preceding paragraph.
The next step is to place the features with a pencil, beginning with the
eyes; brows, second; nose, third; mouth, fourth; ears, fifth; and finish
by drawing hair, chin, etc.
There are many ways of drawing the features in a cartoon, which
vary with the different expressions. Since the subject of this book is
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caricaturing, only this will be dealt with here. The features are drawn
lifelike in caricatures, except in ones where extreme exaggeration iff
used. To make a drawing appear lifelike is ratter difficult fof
beginners, because there are a great many little tricks for doing this,
which they do not understand. Some of these methods are illustrated
in the caricatures of Von Hindenburg on Mate 7. Figure 1 was drawn
from a photograph with little exaggeration, while Kg, 2 is exaggerated
a great deal. Note in Fig. 2 the outlines for the black shadows under
eyebrows, corners of eyes, wrinkles, under nose, under mustache, and
under difrt on the white collar. These outlined shadows have been
blacked in on the large drawing giving it life and sparkle. Attention is
called to the highlights on the eyes, also. This is vary useful, and is
invariably used to make the eyes lifelike. The Mack bow tie and other
shading give the drawing tone, or color, which heightens the effect.
Do not forget shadows under ears in profiles, and faces other than
direcdy front views.
Caricatures are either drawn from life, or from photographs or
portraits. For the student who has not studied drawing from life it will,
perhaps, be easier to get a good likeness by drawing f rom photographs.
In good photographs the wrinkles, shadowy and conspicuous features
are more easily seen which helps one to know what to exaggerate to
get a good likeness of the subject being caricatured. Highlights on eyes
and hair are more easily seen and placed correctly on the drawing.
Another advantage of drawing from photographs is that the head is
more easily proportioned correctly. This is because the various features
can be measured on the photograph and enlarged proportionately in
the drawing. For example, if one is going to make the drawing five
times as high as the head in the photograph, he can determine the
correct proportions because he can measure the width of the head on
the photo and get the width of the head in die drawing accordingly.
The nose, mouth and other features may likewise be measured and
However, one disadvantage of drawing from photographs is thai
you can only get one viewto work from, unless you have photographs
in different positions of the same subject. With two positions it jp
sometimes possible to construct a third view. How this is done is
illustrated on Plate 3 with the <^catures of Ex-Kaiser William.
I on this plate was drawn from an old photo taken while he was Crown
Prince. Fig. 2 was made from a late photograph. By using these two
drawings a third (Fig. 4) was constructed showing the old man with
the same view as the one as Grown Prince. Figures 3 and 5 are simply
caricatures of the same subject in different techniques and degrees of
exaggeration. The shape of the nose, forehead, hair, and other features
m Figures 4 and 5 are such that it was possible to draw a profile also.
Although drawing from photographs has some advantages,
The Face and Head
drawing from life also has its advantages. In life drawing many sketches
of different views and positions can be made to determine the best, and
this should always be done when possible. Caricatures of some subjects
are better drawn in profile, while others are improved by using other
positions. There is only one sure way to determine which is best, and
that is by experiment.
There is also a way to measure from life to aid the artist in getting
the true proportions in mating a drawing. To do this, hold a pencil in
a vertical position at arms length and sight over the top of pencil,
putting the top of pencil in line with the top of the head, or whatever
object you are measuring. Next place the thumb on the pencil in line
with the bottom of chin* The length of pencil from your thumb to the
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top, will be used for the height of the head in your drawing, placing
guide lines that far apart. The pencil is then held horizontally to deter'
mine the width of the drawing. The height of forehead, length of
noee, chin, etc., can be properly proportioned by using this method.
This method is not only useful in drawing from life, but is good for
4jwing from still life, also.
The features and proportions characteristic of the difference in
the various ages should also be considered here.
The peculiarities of infancy and early youth are as follows: The
cranium and forehead are much larger in proportion to the rest of the
head; the eyes are somewhat below the center of the head; the features
and head as a whole are more gracefully rounded; the neck is much
smaller than in an adult, in proportion to the si2 of the head; and the
legs are much shorter in proportion to the length of the torso. With
age the head becomes more diminutive, and the bony structure becomes
more prominent at the forehead, bridge of the nose, and the jaw bones.
With old age the flesh becomes flabby and falls away from the
bones, causing the bones, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels to be
more in evidence; and furrowing the face with wrinkles in the face
and forehead. The dome of the skull appears broader, and the face
shorter, caused by the loss of teeth and straightening of the lower jaw
boxes. The nose is more powerful if not larger and the features in
general are more prominent, adding to the character and dignity of
years. The eyes also appear deeper in their sockets, which illusion is
caused by the aforementioned relaxation and drooping of the flesh
above and below the eyes.
Models of advanced age are easier to draw, and to get a good
likeness of , because of these characteristics mentioned in the preceding
paragrapLyTbe smooth rounded features of youth are difficult to
draw and obtain a good likeness for the reason that thero is nothing,
br very little at most, in o^p fn rtkhV^">fcj^^ is the
reason that women and children are sd3o)h4 g6od-^3^ects for
FPIGHT SURPRISE /ANGER ATTENTION
SMILE SNEER PAIN LAUGHTER
JDITY WEEPING ANTJCIfiATION CONTENTMENT
Expression is very important m cartooning and caricaturing. Just
as a cartoon is an exaggerated drawing, so is the expression in a cartoon
On Plate 4 are illustrations of twelve of the most used expressions.
They are labeled underneath each drawing: fright, surprise, anger,
attention, smile, sneer, pain, laughter, stupidity, weeprrig, anticipatioti,
and contentment. Study these drawings carefully and analyze each
expression. To help you do this, each expression .shall be considered
separately and their mam characteristics noted.
In fright the eyebrows ire lifted and the forehead wrinkled. The
eyes are opened very wide, and so is the mouth; and the hair stands
Surprise is similar to fright except that the mouth is not opened
as wide and the eyebrows are not lifted as much.
In Anger the brows are drawn down in die center and are
knotted, or knit, and irregular, with the forehead wrinkled vertically.
The eyes are pardy covered by the brows. The corners of the mouth
are drawn downward, and very often the teeth are visible as in the
illustration. Also the hair stands on end or is disorderly.
Note in Attention the shape of eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth.
Study the wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead in all the
different expressions illustrated.
In Smiling the brows are lifted in an arched position. The eyes
are pardy dosed at the corners. The corners of the mouth are drawn
upward and may. be opened slighdy, or closed depending on the
particular expression desired,
The expression. Sneer, is drawn with one eyebrow drawn down
over the eye, which is partly closed. The nose is turned up slightly and
wrinkled. One corner of the mouth is up and the other down. The
proper relation should be kept between the features. That is, the
corner of the mouth should be elevated on the side on which the
eyebrow is down.
The eyebrows in Pain are knotted somewfeat as in anger. The
nose is wrinHed and the mouth is- opened. Note particularly the eyes
and mouth. Such mouths as are used in the illustrations of fright and
surprise would not be suitable here.
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Laughter is very similar to smiling. The only difference being,
the brows are higher, the eyes more closed, and the mouth opened
wider. In Uproarious Laughter the nose moves upward to make room
for the mouth to stretch big and wide, showing teeth, tongue, tonsils,
or what you will.
Stupidity is expressed by drawing the eyes about half dosed as in
the illustration, and the mouth drawn down on one side. Drunkenness
is expressed much the same. Especially the eyes.
In the illustration of Weeping note how the eyebrows are drawn.
The eyes are partly, or entirely dosed, and tears are drawn to hdp the
Study the illustrations of Anticipation and Contentment. Note
how the brows, eyes, nose, and mouth are drawn.
Although these expressions are suitable for cartoons, expressions
in omcatures are seldom exaggerated as much as the illustrations on
Ptfte 4. They were drawn this way so that you might more easily see
JKJW to represent these many expressions.
A very good thing for beginners is to study the expressions used
in some of the better comic strips. Popeye, and Moon Mullins are
especially good in this respect. Expression should be suited to action
and vice versa. For example, a head and face with an expression of
fright should have a body with the characteristic action of fright; that
is, fingers far apart, feet off the ground, etc.
On Pkte 5 are some reproductions of caricatures in various
expressions and poses of s<5me rather famous men: Adolph Hitler and
Admiral Coontz;. Figure 1 has a stern look obtained by representing
the mouth, or really the mustache, in a straight line. In Figures 2 and 3
note that the same general principles were used as in the expressions,
"Smile" and "Anger" on Pkte 4. Figure 4 is a two thirds front view
caricature of Hitler, smiling. Figure 5 is a profile of Hitler, angry. His
nose trouble (mustache) takes on a new aspect in this drawing; that of
a rather stiff brush perhaps. In Fig. 6 he has a grouch, while in Fig. 7
he is rather calm. Figures 8 and 9 are to illustrate that animals can be
drawn with almost any expression. However, expression is more
difficult with some animals than with others.
Exaggeration is the life of a cartoon or caricature. Really that is
what they are exaggerations. The three forms of exaggeration in a
humorous drawing are, exaggeration of form, expression, and action.
However, exaggeration of the face and head in caricaturing is the
purpose of this chapter, and exaggeration of action will be treated in
a separate chapter on action,
A caricature is an exaggerated drawing, having a likeness of one
particular person. This statement raises the question of what to
exaggerate. What to exaggerate depends entirely upon the features of
the subject being caricatured. The most noticeable, or prominent
features of the model are usually, if not always, accentuated. For
example, if the model has a round face and large eyes exaggerate these.
See the caricature of Andrew Carnegie on Plate 14. If the nose or ears
are large exaggerate these as in the caricature on the jacket of this
book. Or a prominent jaw may be accentuated as the artist has done in
the drawing of Bismarck, Page 39, and Ex'Kaiser Wilhelm II, Plate 3.
The chin, beard, hair, etc., may also be exaggerated.
Since the caricature is supposed to have a likeness of the carica'
tured, it naturally follows that if the most noticeable features are
exaggerated, it will be easier to get a likeness of the model. As to the
degree of exaggeration, there is only one way to determine what
degree will give the best results and resemblance to the model, and that
is by experiment. It is always wise to make a number of pencil sketches
trying various degrees of exaggeration, and different techniques, before
making a finished drawing with pen and ink.
On the Exaggeration Plate 6, note the various degrees of
exaggeration, used in the drawings of Lafayette, Figures 1, 2, and 3.
There is little accentuation in Figure 1, while Figure 2 is exaggerated
more, especially the eyes, chin, jaw, and ear. The saye features are
enlarged in Figure 3, only more so. Figures* 1 and 3 are only sketches,
and as Figure 2 seemed best, it was made the large finished drawing.
Practically the same thing was done in the two drawings of the English
Poet, John Masefield. Attention is called to the difference in exagger-
ation of the hair, nose, mustache, and chin. Figure 4 on this plate is a
caricature of William Makepeace Thackeray.
In drawing caricatures a good rule to follow is this: first, make a
drawing as true to life as possible using little exaggeration; second,
study this and make several sketches to determine which features to
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exaggerate; third, experiment to see which technique is most appny
priate for the exaggeration used. If you are drawing n life, make
sketches of profile, front, and two'thirds front view. By doing all this
sketching and experimenting you can get much better results. Study
the caricatures of Howard Thurston on Plate 15, for an example of
different ways of caricaturing the same person. Also the caricatures on
Plate 8. Extreme exaggeration was employed in the large head on this
plate which gives a humorous effect, and at the same time a fairly good
likeness was retained. Also see the two caricatures of General John J.
Pershing. Plate 13* The chin, jaw, and ear were accentuated most in
Expression and exaggeration should also be employed to bring
out, or express, the character of the Jjerson caricatured. The caricatures
of Ex Kaiser William II, Figures 4 and 5, Plate 3, are examples of this
point. By using a stern expression, and exaggerating the jaw, beard
and other features, the artist endeavored to represent a conceited man
with a strong wflL Likewise, an effort was made to represent the
character of Von Hindenburg in the caricatures of him, Plate 7 9 the
character of a soldier. There is little exaggeration in Fig. 1. Note how
the eyelids droop in this drawing. Ybu will also see that the head is
rather square, very strong and f ort'like, and naturally suggests squaring
up; and certainly the mustache is far too good a chance for exagger-
ation for the alert and original caricaturist to omit. In Fig. 2, and in the
finished drawing you will note that a likeness was retained from Figure
1, while the strong character of the Old Soldier was enaphasised,
obtaining as a reward for study and sketching a very original caricature
of a great German.
There is one don't, especially, in exaggeration. Never emphasis
deformities, or grave abnormalities. People with deformities are invar"
iably sensitive and no < one would want to hurt such an unfortunate
Just as a framework is necessary in drawing the head, so is it
necessary in drawing a body for the head.
You should know the proportions of a comic figure. Since comic
figures may be such gross exaggerations, the proportions of the limbs
and torso may vary much in various types, especially between slender
and corpulent figures. Note the proportions of Figures 3 and 5 on
Plate 9. However, in the average figure, the torso and legs are of equal
length with the knee midway of the Icgi exclusive of the foot. The
hands should reach midway of the thf^h and the elbow half way of the
arm, which makes the elbow near the hip when the arms hang
For the beginner or amateur, it is better to draw a sort of skeleton
for a guide as in Figure A, Plate 9. Next block in body, legs and arms.
Draw head as in Figure 1. Draw clothing, adding buttons, wrinkles,
etc., to give it life, as in Fig. 2, and finish as m Fig. 3. The same
procedure is used, in drawing a sideview comic figure. This is illustrated
by Figures 4, 5, and 6 on the same plate. Figure 7 shows a different
The most difficult part of the body to draw is the hand. The
amateur should give this item a good deal of study and practice,
drawing from his own hands as a model, and from other artists* work.
It would be wise to clip hands that are good in various positions, from
cartoons to keep for reference or models when needed. Quite a lot of
humor can be added by well drawn and well placed hands and feet.
Some of the various ways of getting humor in the feet are, by
turning the toes out, or in; turning the toes up at the end; exaggerating;
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the foot, and drawing it in other awkward positions. The shoes should
be in keeping with the other clothing. That is, a well dressed man has
shined shoes, while a hobo has ragged, worn out shoes. The rich man
is usually represented with patent leather shoes with white spats as
Figure 6, Plate 9.
Qothing is really a little difficult, but much diligent study gets
fine results here as everywhere else. It should fit the body and should
drape naturally to get a good effect. Wrinkles and folds are used for
this purpose at the shoulders, elbows, knees, and elsewhere. See
examples of this on Plates 9, 10, 1 1 and 12. Note also how the tie and
collar are drawn, the lapels* buttons, button'holes and pockets.
However, a good comic figure must have action and proper
shading. These will be treated in the two succeeding chapters.
Action is all important in cartooning. It is the item that creates
greatest interest in a cartoon, or cartoon composition.
Of course action is exaggerated in cartoons just as expressions and
forms are exaggerated. In cartoons, even though the figure is not in
motion, it is necessary to have what cartoonists term action. On
Plate 10 is illustrated this kind of action. In Figure 1 the man is sitting
erect and has little interest about it, except just its comical appearance.
In Figure 2 this has been improved by having this man sit more on his
spine and moving his knees up by putting his feet on a footstool. Note
also the difference in Figures 4 and 5 on Plate 10. Figure 3 is another
example of action without motion. Do you not think this is a better
cartoon than it would be if the sailor was standing erect, and the
"crows nest" was larger. However, there is much room for improve-
ment in the drawing of this cartoon.
Action should be suited to expression, and conversely. In anger
the hands are tightly dosed and shaking, as if threatening to hit somer
thing; the feet, or foot stamping the ground, and a general disorder of
the hair, hat, cravat, and other clothing. Angles in lines, or between
lines help to express disorder. Figure 2, Plate 12, might be classed as
anger and determination combined.
Appropriate action for fear might be as follows: running, or if
standing, jumping off the ground; hat flying in air, hair standing on
end, and fingers spread wide apart.
The characteristic actions for stupidity are, dumped form with
hands and feet relaxed, causing them to take awkward positions.
Straight and gracefully curved lines express order, or stillness,
Study the appropriate actions for the various other expressions.
You will find some examples in this book. Other good examples of
action you can find in the daily comic strips, especially Popeye and
Moon Muflins, and in the cartoons of Herbert Johnson, Tony Sarg,
and other top notch cartoonists.
In the act of walking, the hands, feet and other parts of the body
change position rapidly and this causes a shifting of wrinkles and folds
in the clothing. The hands in different positions are necessarily drawn
differently, and these details require dose study. In walking, the
qrward foot may or may not have the heel resting on the ground, but
it is usually drawn straight, while the rear foot is bent at the toes with
the heel off the ground. See Figure 2, Action and Shading, Plate 12.
There are various other details that must be watched dosdy, such as
the weight of dothing, keeping the proper relationship between the
arms and legs in action, and others. Note the comical action in the
walking figures (2 and 3) on Plate 12. Also Figure 6, Plate 9.
For running action study Figure 1 on Plate 12. Note the action
of the arms and legs in running. The elbow is, of course, bent upward
of the arm in the backward swing, and downward on the forward
swing. The knee of the forward leg is bent upward, while that of the
other is bent downward. The forward hand is dosed, and the other
is partly open with the fingers pointing upward. The feet are drawn
practically the same as in walking, except that they are off the
ground. Drawing them off the ground improves the action a great
deal, and is dooe by simply drawing a shadow underneath, as you may
see in the above mentioned drawing* Other details that add to the
action are, hat blowing off, tie and coat tails blowing backward, and
the dust sucked upward and forward ov^r the shadow, and underneath,
and to the rear of the man. Especially note the fine streamlines running
back from the feet, and from the head, showing the movement and
direction of tie hat. The short curved lines to the right of the hat
causes an illusion that makes it seem that the hat is also in a twirling
motion. In Fig. 4 on this same plate see the notes flying from the
singing man^s mouth.
The front and twcKthirds front view figures in motion are drawn
somewhat in perspective. For this foreshortening is employed. If me
stands in front of you and points his hand and arm at you, you can not
see the length of the arm, but you will see the arm in foreshortened
position. The hand will also appear larger in comparison to the arm
because it is nearer the eye of the observer. So in the above mentioned
positions motion of the front and two-thirds front figures the hand
and foot in front appear larger. An example of this is the feet of Figure
3 on Plate 12. For an example of hands in perspective you are referred
to Figure 2 on Plate 11. Also use heavy lines for the nearer objects and
conversely for the more distant objects.
Analyse the action of Figures 1, 3, 4, and 5 on Plate 11. Figure 1
was meant to represent the excitable, shouting type of baseball fan
instructing the player in what to do next. The use of skeletons in draw-
ing comic figures as explained in tfe preceding chapter, is doubly useful
in acquiring good action.
Keep the weight of the body balanced properly on the feet. In
Figure 3 mentioned immediately above, note how the body is balanced
on the feet. If the legs were in a vertical position here, then the hand
would have to support part of the weight of the body, which it is not
doing here, but is only picking up the brief case.
Shading and Shadows
Shading is employed to put tone and life into cartoons* In shading
the artist must take into consideration the purpose of the cartoon, and
the proper technique to be used in the cartoon. When it is consistent
with the technique and purpose of the cartoon, it is advisable to
employ a variety of shading. For example, say the coat should be solid
black, the trousers striped, and the vest shaded with parallel lines.
The different methods of shading are, solid black, stripes, cross
hatch, plaids, dots, checks, and stipple or spatter. Plates 9, 11 and 12
illustrate these various styles of shading. Suitable shading gives a
cartoon a professional appearance. Lettering pens or a small brush are
used for making large stripes or for solid black areas. Sometimes stripes
are not drawn solid black, but are only shaded with a fine pen- Rgure
1, Plate 11 is an example. Figure 2 illustrates checks and Fig. 3, plaid
and wriggly stripes. In Figure 4 note how the socks are drawn. There
is no outline of the white parts. Note also how the white spats are
drawn on Plate 12. Also how the shoes and hats are drawn, shaded,
Shading helps to express character, A cartoon of a tramp would
naturally be shaded quite differently from one of a rich man; and a
cartoon of a cowboy would be shaded differently from either the rich
man or the tramp; due to the different type, style, color, weave, and
material of the clothing.
Shadows are also very important in drawing cartoons and carica'
tures. On the various plates in this book note how the cartoonist has
handled the shadows. The caricatures on Plate 7 are good examples of
shadows on the head. Your attention is called to the shadows under
eyebrows, under upper eyelids, at wrinkles, under nose, mustache and
Shading and Shadows
chin; and in the completed full figure caricature at the right, the
shadow under the coat on the trousers. These shadows aid in giving
the drawings depth or perspective, by causing the features to stand
out more prominently.
In th' drawings on Plates 11 and 12 are other applications of
shadows. They appear under the collar, lapels, buttons, pocket flaps,
vest t coat tails, belts, trouser bottoms, and under the spats on the
shoes, and under the shoes. Shadows under the shoes aid in making
the feet appear in contact with the ground. The right foot of the foot'
bafl player, Figure 5, Plate 11, would appear on the ground if an
appropriately drawn shadow was drawn just back of the toe. As it is,
bodi feet are off the ground.
Just as shadows are used to make the feet contact the ground, so
are they used to show that they are off the ground. Figure I on
Plate 12 illustrates this point. Notice that these cross hatch lines are
drawn so that the shadow seems to be laying flat on the ground. If the
shading lines were drawn vertically and horizontally they would not
make a satisfactory shadow. With the lines drawn vertically and hori'
spntally the shadow would not appear flat on the ground, but would
appear as if in the air, resting on its edge. Now if there was a house
or board fence directly back of this figure, and in a line parallel with
the direction this man is running, on which his shadow was cast, then
the shadow would be drawn with vertical and horispntal lines. In
that case the shadow would have the approximate shape of this figure
Shadows that are not in perspective should conform to the shape
of the object from which the shadow is cast. In Figure 3 on Plate 10,
notice that the black shadow under the crows nest follows the curva'
ture of the mast. The line shading on the mast, crows nest, and tele"
scope also bring out the surface direction, or curvature of the surface
on which the shadows fall. Curved strokes are essential in representing
rounded objects, and straight lines in representing plane surfaces.
Surface direction is represented by lines drawn in the same general
direction as the surface direction.
The same direction of light and shadow should be maintained
throughout a composition. That is, if one object in the composition
is lighted from the East with the shadow cast Westward, all other
objects in the same composition should be lighted and shaded accord-
ingly from the same direction. This is an error often made by
beginners. Although absolute accuracy is not necessary in cartoons as
it is in the more serious arts, gross incongruities will ruin an otherwise
good cartoon. Therefore, the beginner should watch carefully for
such errors and correct them.
Technique is the method of performance in art; in other words.
the style or method used in producing a work of art.
In caricaturing the purpose of the drawing may influence the
technique of the artist, or rather may influence the artist in choosing
the technique. For example, a caricature drawn for newspaper repro-
duction is usually drawn 'with pen and ink lines similar to the drawings
on Plates 8, 13, and 16. Some artists use Lithographic Pencils on a
specially prepared, pebbled surfaced board. Ripley of "Believe It Or
Not" fame produces his drawings by this method. Wash is seldom used
in this country for newspaper drawings.
A large number of caricatures are used in sports cartoons for
newspapers. Sports cartoons may of course illustrate various sports,
such as: boxing, baseball, basketball, football, golf, hunting, fishing*
horseback riding, and others. Often in these humorous drawings the
central figure is drawn with a small body and a large caricatured head,
somewhat as the caricatures on Plates 8, 13, and 16. Around diis
central figure are drawn smaller action figures illustrating one or more
sports. Names, dates, comments and other lettering and details are
placed so as to make a good composition.
Somewhat the same technique is employed in political cartoohs, in
which Presidents, VicerPresidents, Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet
Members, Governors, and other statesmen and prominent men may
be caricatured. Here again the purpose of the drawing may determine
the way it should be drawn. By "purpose of the cartoon" is meant
whether it is intended to aid or injure the one caricatured. If it is to
harm the caricatured, naturally he wifl be represented differently from
what he would otherwise. Figures 1, 4, and 5 on Plate 3 represents
the Ex'Kaiser as a rather stern, ruthless, and strong willed monarch.
There is no doubt that he is stern and strong willed, but not so
terrible as these caricatures represent him. Figures 2 and 3 on the same
plate represent more of a kindly old gentleman, but even in them one
can discern that he is no weak person by his stern features and promi-
nent jaw. It shoulcl be interesting for the student to study some of the
caricatures of Thomas Nast, if he can acquire reproductions of same,
even though cartoonists of today do not go as far as Nast did.
Humor is very important in newspaper cartoons. There are three
ways of putting this quality in them, and these are, action, expression,
and exaggeration. A cartoon is rather flat and uninteresting if it lacks
Some of the caricatures in this book might be termed modernistic.
Especially the caricatures of Hindenburg, Carnegie, R. T. Coffin,
Marshal Foch, Lorado Taft, Charles Darwin, and Jack Dempsey.
There are also others of this type. Some of these are spattered; some
are drawn with straight lines; some with curved lines; and some with
light and very heavy lines which were made with a lettering pen. The
character of the person and the shape of the features has determined
the technique used, for which they were most adapted. It is assumed
that the above named caricatures are best as they are, although carica-
tures of the same men might be drawn differently. The caricatures
of Woodrow Wilson might be drawn with curved lines, but it would
perhaps not be as good as this drawing and would lack its originality.
However, the drawing of R . T. Coffin could hardly be drawn well with
straight lines due to the round face. Neither could that of Carnegie, for
the same reason. They are simply not adapted to the techniques
.employed in some of the other drawings.
If the head is drawn in a modernistic technique, the body, if a
body is u&d, should be in the same style. This was done in the carica-
tures of Hindenburg and Howard Thurston.
Since stipple, or rather spatter has been employed in a number of
drawings in this book, it seems appropriate to explain here the
procedure for this method of drawing.
The large caricature of Carnegie on Plate 14 is spattered on the
hair, eyebrows, and beard. As one can readily see, first an outline
drawing is made. If it is suitable to be spattered, a stencil is cut for this
purpose. To make this stencfl, place a sheet of transparent paper,
sufficiently large, over the drawing and trace the outlines of the areas
to be stippled (spattered)* If transparent paper is unavailable, the
drawing may be traced with carbon or graphite paper. In this way the
drawing to be traced would be placed on top. The next step is to cut
out the portions to be spattered from the stencil, as the shaded area in
Figure 2, Plate 14. A single edge razor blade, or a pocket knife is very
useful to cut the stencil where it is inconvenient to cut with shears.
Place the stencil over the outline drawing so that the cut out
portions register perfectly with the outlines of the drawing to be
stippled. Thumb teck the two together, or place weights on them to
hold them in the desired position. Pour a small quantity of drawing
ink in a saucer or similar receptacle. An old tooth brush is used for
spattering. Dip the brush lightly in the ink and draw the brisdes across
a coin or other suitable object as illustrated in Figure 3, Plate 14* A
litde practice will teach you to do this properly.
Some solid black should also be used with this spattered shading
to give contrast and thereby improve the drawing as a whole. In the
Hindenburg Caricature, Pkte 7, spatter shading has been used on the
body and in tie lettering underneath, as the same technique should be
employed consistently throughout an entire drawing or composition,
as stated previously in this chapter.
66 . Caricaturing
Quite often wash is used in caricaturing. For this technique, Lamp
Black water color is used with a water color brush. First an outline
drawing is made with a pen and black waterproof drawing ink on water
color paper. Then the wash is applied with a camels hair brush.
Additional washes are used for the darker parts, and an effort is made
to blend the two values.
The frontispiece is a reproduction of an air'brushed caricature
study of George Arliss by Eddie Burgess. This drawing was made for
a theatrical display, and the artist has produced something original and
very good. This caricature has originality, humor, and most important
of all, it has a fair likeness of the subject caricatured.
Caricatures of some subjects are better drawn in one technique,
while others are best caricatured in another technique. The only way to
determine the best technique for any particular subject is by good
judgment, and experiment.
The caricaturing of animals should be learned along with the
caricaturing of the human form. Cartoons of animals are frequently
used in newspaper drawings; especially political cartoons* in which
they are employed as symbols of political parties, or of the various
nations of the World.
These symbolic animals and the things they represent are listed
immediately below. The donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party.
The elephant represents the Republican Pirty; G. O. P. (Grand Old
Party) . Other symbolic animals are, the Tammany Tiger, the British
lion, the Chinese Dragon, the American Eagle, and the Russian Bear.
Animals are sometimes used as symbols for ball teams. Wildcats,
Panthers, Tigers, Bulldogs, and others are employed for this purpose.
Practically the same rules used in caricaturing the human body
are used in caricaturing animals. The greatest difference is that of form.
As in the case of the human form, the forms of animals are exagger*
ated; the most prominent features being accentuated most. Action and
expression are also exaggerated. The expressions of animal* are prac^
tically the same as that of humans and the same rules apply, although
it is sometimes more difficult because of the difference m the form of
the head, from the form of the human head and face.
The action in the movements of animals is necessarily different
from human action; especially in the quadrupeds. The actions of walk-
ing, running and galloping are essentially the same in all animal^ except
apes and other bipeds. These actions are rather difficult to describe, and
should be 'studied from life, and from the work of artists who are
especially good in the dr^f fey^st 1 ^ *p of anfmal$ t
In walking, quadrupeds only have two feet on the ground at one
tome. Take the horse for an example. If the right rear foot is forward
and on the ground, then the right front foot is slightly off the ground
just in front of the rear foot. At the same time the left rear foot is
lifted to be brought forward, and the kft front foot is also lifted and
moving forward. The head is moved alternately up and down with each
step and the tail also varies in action. These descriptions can only
impart to one a general idea, and the principles of the various actions,
for as stated previously, to get the actions correctly drawn one must
use a good drawing for a model, or else draw from life.
Running action is similar to walking except movements are faster.
The running or trotting action is little used in cartoons because
galloping gives a better effect.
In galloping the feet are moved in pairs. Both pairs are either
under the body, or the front pair are more forward, although they may
still be under the body, and the rear feet are extended to the rear. All
feet are off the ground with shadow underneath to improve the action.
The head is thrust forward with die nose held higher, considering the
height of the head. The mane and tail are blown to rearward. Galloping
action is illustrated by Figure 5, Plate 18, and Figure 2, Plate 17.
There is also the action of standing, Fig. 1, Plate 17; climbing,
g. 3; bucking, Fig. 6, and die bronco on Plate 8. Swimming and
flying are illustrated by Figures 1 and 2 on Plate IS. The pelican in
Figure 2 is also an trample of accentuating the most noticeable features.
The fish which has just escaped from tie pelican's beak adds interest
to the drawing.
Quite often comic animals are represented wearing human ap-
parel; such as hats, spectacles, suits and shoes; and quadrupeds are
given the same action as bipeds. Examples of this are Figure 4, Plate 18,
and Figure 5, Plate 17. Other examples are Mickey Mouse and Felix
In caricaturing animals the style of drawing is influenced by the
purpose for which it is drawn. For example, a donkey drawn in a
political cartoon intended to aid the Democratic Party should be sleek
and fat with a merry expression; on the other hand, the donkey in a
cartoon for the aid of the Republican Party, or to criticise the Domx
crats should be drawn with a starved, moth-eaten, down-and-out ap-
pearance. The expression should be consistent with the style; such as,
stupidity: ears drooping and eyelids heavy and pardy dosed A donkey
drawn to illustrate a book for children might be represented quite
differently from either of the two above. You should always consider
the purpose of a cartoon and choose the style accordingly.
However, you must also consider the idea to be expressed. A
donkey drawn to criticise the Democratic Party might be drawn sled:
and fat if it was intended to criticise the party for reckless spending.
You need only to use good judgment in delErmining what to do and
must have a basic knowledge of a thing to be capable of using the best
judgment. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but as a general
rule it is quite true.
Lettering is necessary in most forms of commercial art. The
student of Commercial Art, Cartooning, or Caricaturing should
acquire some knowledge of this subject. Therefore, this s&ort chapter
is included so that the student may know the first steps in lettering.
Oily the most important points in lettering can be treated here, for
lettering is a long subject, enough for a book in itself . In fact there are
many books published on lettering and the student is advised to obtain
a good one on this subject and learn to do good lettering.
Lettering is really not very difficult, but it requires a knowledge
of the various strokes, guide lines, forms of letters, and the materials
for same. However, practice is necessary to acquire the dexterity
required to do good lettering.
In pen and ink cartoons and caricatures, lettering is often exagger"
ated, just as the drawings are exaggerated. It should also be of an
appropriate style to harmonise with the technique of the drawings-
Note how this was done on the plates of this book; especially, the word
"Carnegie" on Plate 14. Note the word "Hindenburg" on Plate 7.
Block letters were used to harmonize with the caricature, which is also
somewhat of a block form. This caricature shows strength of character,
and block letters suggest strength and power, so it is apparent that this
style of lettering was the most appropriate for this drawing. The
shading on the letters is also made to match the drawing.
For lettering you should have lettering pens in various si^es and
styles, black lettering ink, a T square for making vertical and horizontal
guide lines, and pencils, paper, and other materials used for
There are three classes of letters used by letter craftsmen. They
are, Gothic, Roman, and Text. Gothic letters are those having the
elementary strokes of even width. The four top lines on Plate 19 are
Gothfc. All letters having elementary strokes consisting of light and
heavy stroke^ or rather lines are classified as Roman. Text letters
indude all styles of Old English, German Text, and the letters derived
from the two.
AH slanting fetters are classified as Italics r^rdkss <rf their oder
classifications. Therefore Gothic, Roman, and Text, if drawn slanting
are designated as Gothic Italics, Roman Italics, and Text Italics,
Different styles of lettering pens are adapted to the various classes
of alphabets. The pen to use is one that will best produce the demen'
tary strokes of a letter with the least amount of effort. For Gothics
there is either a round-nib pen, or a square-nib pen. The chisel pointed
pen and the oblong-nib pen are adapted to the Roman and Text fetters.
However, Romans may be made with a round-nib pen by using double
strokes as in the words "DOUBLE-STROKE" on Plate 19.
In the words "King" and "Mars" the letters are outlined and
shaded. They are Gothics, also, according to the preceding definition.
There is quite a variety of lettering on the other plates in this book
which the student may study.
For lettering, square the paper with the drawing board and draw
horizontal guide lines with a T square as illustrated on Plate 19. Note
the number and distance of these lines, and how the letters are placed
between them. As you will see, the small letters b, d, f, h, j, k, 1, and t
extend upward from the body of the letters, while the letters g, p, q,
and y extend downward. Capitals rest on the line on which the body of
the small letters rest, and extend to the uppermost guide line. See
"Card" on the plate.
The arrows on the four top lines of lettering illustrate the direc-
tion of strokes employed in constructing the letters; and the numerals
show the order in which the strokes were made. The beginner should
use this plate for a guide, until the strokes and their order have been
The various strokes overlap in seme letters. These complete
strokes are illustrated separately on Plate 19, for the letters C, d> e, O,
It is advisable for beginners to draw vertical guide lines, or slanting
guide lines for Italics, so that all letters can more easily be made
perpendicular, or if Italics^ with the same slant.
Lettering should first be drawn in with pencil and then with the
proper lettering pen. Special care should be given to the layout of
lettering in regard to composition, balance, etc.
Spacing of letters is another important item , There is no fixed rule
for the spacing of letters. Some require more space than others, and the
combination of letters in some words may determine the space. Some
letters of the alphabet are broader than others, while some are narrow.
The only practical way to determine the proper space for them is, by
one's aesthetic sense; that is, to obtain a pleasing result or effect.
Certainly ugly gaps and crowded letters are detrimental to the
appearance of lettering.
Lettering provides an outlet for artistic expression, although to a
less extent than the fine arts. New letter styles may be originated from
the three basic alphabets, and there axe many ways of shading them.
This and That
Perspective is the art of representing objects, on a plane surface,
in three dimensions, as they appear to the observer; the effect of
distance on the appearance of objects.
The relative si^e of an object is determined by the distance it is
from the eye. If you look through a small aperture, such as a hole
punched in paper with a small pencil lead, you may see a large
mountain at a distance. Another good example of perspective is a rail-
road track. Stand in the center of the track and see how the rails run
upward and inward till they meet and vanish at an indefinite point. In
perspective, objects of this nature, below the level of the eye, ascend to
eye level; above the level of the eye they descend to the eye level. So
telegraph wires beside the R. R. would descend and bear inward
toward the track until they converge and vanish at eye level, which is
also the "Horizon Line."
Besides the relative sizes of objects in perspective, there is another
way to obtain the illusion of distance in drawings. This is by color.
Color is less brilliant at a distance, than it is nearer the eye. In line
drawings, distant objects are simply drawn with finer lines, which
really amounts to the same thing.
In art, arranging objects in a pleasing group is called composition.
To obtain a pleasing group, there must be a balance of the objects
represented, according to si?e, color, and importance. If there is much
bright color near one side of a painting, and subdued colors are used
for the remainder of the picture, then the attention of the eye will be
attracted by the bright color to that particular side.
Objects of most interest should be placed near the center of the
composition. Tones and values should be balanced. No large open or
blank spaces should be permitted to detract from a composition. To fill
in such places lettering and other detail may be used in cartoons. For
compositions representing outdoor scenes, outdoor details may be
employed, as: clouds, trees, smoke, automobiles, houses, fences, etc.
For indoor detail, pictures on wall, windows and curtains, doors and
furniture may be used. On the plates in this book, note how large open
spaces were avoided by the placing of the comic figures, lettering and
As suggested before, you should keep a "morgue of clippings," for
reference as models when needed. Of course you will only want to keep
unusually good examples of various kinds, techniques, actions, etc.;
otherwise you would collect a large number that would very likdy
never be used. Practically all artists do this, because no one can draw
just anything from memory. Clippings are also an aid in getting ideas
for drawings. A composition in a clipping may be adapted for an
original drawing, in which entirely different objects or figures may be
used, according to ones need. Don't copy outright an entire figure or
composition, in the same technique, for this is really stealing, or at
least, attempting to steal. Stealing another's ideas, either in Art or
Literature, is termed Plagiarism and is punishable by Federal Statutes
pertaining to Copyrights.
To copyright drawings before submitting them to Editors or
Publishers is unnecessary, as well as expensive. Only printed matter,
with a few exceptions, may be copyrighted, and then it is necessary to
pay a fee. However, if you should publish something you wish to Copy-
right, write to die Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress,
Washington, D. C, requesting the required forms and information.
You should do this previous to the printing of the work for there are
some requirements as to the printing; especially of the Copyright
Notice, which should contain the date of Copyright, and name of the
owner of same. There is also a specified place for this notice in books.
Drawings intended for sale should be made on a good grade of
Bristol Board, and a margin left all the way around the drawings. They
should be mailed flat, and'require first class postage. Enclose postage
for the return of the drawings. Only send good drawings of a reason-
able quantity . Enclose a neat and terse letter to the one you are sending
the drawings to, written with pen and ink or typewriter if possible, on
white letter sise paper, &/ 2 x 11. It is unnecessary to tefl the
This and That
Editor your qualifications in submitting free lance work, for he wifl
consider it upon its merits regardless of your training and experience.
If he likes your work and it is suitable for his publication he will
purchase it, otherwise he will return it to you if you have enclosed
proper and sufficient postage for that purpose. It is the quality of your
work, and not how or why you can do it, that interest editors most.
Caricatures are becoming rather popular, and are widely used in
Newspapers, Magazines, Books, and other printed matter. Some of the
maga2^nes using caricatures are, The Saturday Evening Post, American
Magazine, Colliers, Bookman, Esquire and others.
Another good method for selling caricatures is to sell the original
caricature to the subject from which it was made. Hobby Caricatures
are perhaps best for this purpose. They are made with a large head and
a small humorous body, illustrating some hobby or sport; such as:
Painting, Fishing, Skiing, Golf, etc.
Caricatures are also employed to a considerable extent in the
theatrical business. They are used in Posters, Newspaper Ads,, and in
Theatrical Displays, An example of the latter is the caricature by
Eddie Burgess, see Frontispiece.
Always strive for originality. Do much sketching, and try out any
idea you should think of. The greatest pleasure in Art should be in
creating something original. How exalted and wonderful it is to create
Practice caricaturing from life and from photographs dipped from
magazines and newspapers* Good studies may also be found in Histories
and English Books containing pictures of writers and poets-
Success is to the ambitious and the persistent. Do not be d^
couraged if you do not gain recognition immediately; few artists have.
There is pleasure in Art for the one that enjoys drawing, regardless of
profit or recognition; and one who does not care for drawing will
perhaps never succeed anyway. So, my dear reader, if you really like
to draw, take SUCCESS as your goal and let nothing whatever deter
you from your course. If you do this your success is assured
Assignments and Suggestions
This final chapter of assignments is included to facilitate study of
the principles of caricaturing explained and illustrated in the preceding
chapters. The author knows from personal experience th&t it is much
easier to study when one has definite assignments of work to be done.
Although it is presumed that the majority of people who use this book
will have had some practice in drawing, many will be beginners, or at
most., not far advanced, and it is especially difficult for the novice to
study without a guide for his efforts. The amateur needs something
of the professional's experience and imagination in the form of sugges-
tions to add to his own initiative in producing an original work of art
both drawings and suggestions which he can grasp and follow. To a
great extent the imagination must be developed. However this does not
mean that some are not gifted with more imagination than others* but
that whatever imaginative powers one has must be developed, just as a
very talented artist must develop his talent by study. Even Michael
Angelo, one of the greatest artists of all time, had to learn to draw just
the same as a less talented artist, but he probably learned much quicker
and with less effort.
Perspective is the science of representing things as they appear
rather than as they really are. It is accomplished by the careful repro-
duction of lines, colors, lights and shades. But the most perfect drawing
cannot entirely overcome some degree of flatness in a picture. This is
due to the fact that an artist draws only one picture and our eyes see
two pictures when viewing objects in reality. Look at some cylindrical
object such as a barrel with the left eye, dosing the right, then vice
versa and you will note that you see farther around the right side with
the right eye, and farther around the left side with the left eye. So each
eye gives a slightly different picture of the barrel or other object. These
two visual images are combined in the brain into one visual percept. By
means of the stereoscope one looks at two pictures, seeing them as one,
and the objects in the picture stand out in startling perspective.
There are four essentials of a good caricature: a likeness of the
person portrayed, exaggeration, simplicity or economy of lines used in
drawing, and originality. The best method of attaining these four
essentials in one drawing is by much study and sketching, trying die
different ways of drawing one caricature. A good rule to follow in
doing this is to first draw a picture as much like the subject as possible,
not exaggerating. Next make another drawing exaggerating the most
distinctive characteristics and simplifying the drawing, leaving out
lines not necessary. Keep sketching, exaggerating and simplifying as
much as the drawing will stand and still retain a good likeness. Add
your own originality of execution and you have the most you can do
with your present knowledge and skill. Some faces seem to have been
made to order for cartoonists while others are very difficult. It is only
by experiment that one learns the easy ones. Of course such simplified
drawings exaggerating the most distinctive characteristics of the per'
son they portray are little more than suggestions of those prominent
features which our eyes catch, our minds suggesting the balance. '
(1) With a Gillott's pen number 303, practice the vertical
parallel lines in Figure A, Plate 1. Practice these lines until you can
draw them evenly and steadily, free from nervousness. Be careful
to space them as evenly as possible. Unless you have done consid-
erable work with a drawing pen, it will be necessary to draw them
slowly at first. Speed will come with practice. Your purpose when
beginning should be perfection rather than speed.
(2) Figure B on the same plate is also produced with the 303
pen. Only slight pressure is used in such light lines as these. Prac-
tice these horizontal strokes. It is practically impossible to draw per'
fecdy straight lines without the aid of a ruler or some kind of straight
ssignments and Suggestions
edge. Free hand lines are not supposed to be straight hard lines* such
as the draftsman employs; but should have slight variation to convey
feeling, and variety to prevent monotony.
(3) The wavy vertical lines in Figure C should be less difficult
for the beginner than the preceding exercises.
(4) Figure D illustrates shaky lines which have movement from
left to right. They are termed dynamic because they convey the sense
of movement. This movement is obtained by the longer oblique
stroke opposed by a shorter stroke, and by the variation. However,
the variation or irregularity serves mostly as a relief from the monotx
ony which results from exact repetition of a stroke or motif.
(5) Figures E and F are termed Crosshatch. This type of tone
is often employed for shadows and not infrequently for shading of
clothes. Practice them until you have gained some facility and sure*
ness in handling the pen.
(6) G shows a combination of the lines in Figures C and D to
form a dynamic Crosshatch. Parallel lines or straight lines in cross'
hatch are static. Static is the opposite of dynamic; therefore, static
lines do not convey the feeling of motion.
(7) Movement is obtained by opposing strokes in the herring'
bone weave of Figure H. Practice this pattern of strokes with a
(8) Make several copies each of Figures I, J, K, and L. Also of
N, O, and P. Spatter work will be treated later.
(9) It is important that you attain facility in drawing graded
lines. Without this ability you can hardly do professional looking
work. Make several sheets of the exercises in Figures Q, R, S, T,
(10) Also see what you can do with Figures V and W. Re-
member that originality is one of the most important aspects of any
kind of art.
(11) Make careful and exact copies of the four caricatures
which are included in the first chapter.
(12) Make original caricatures of these four men. Feel free to
make any changes which you think will improve them. You may
change the expressions, and employ more or less exaggeration accent
ing to your mood. Give your imagination free range.
(1) With a ruler or T"square draw the lines as in Figure !
Plate 2. Draw them twice as large as they appear on this plate, for
you remember that drawings are usually reduced to ^2 se & repro-
duction. Figure 1 should be drawn in pencil. Over these pencil guide
lines sketch in the face of Figure 2. Finish as in Figure 3, draw it
with ink, then erase the pencil guide lines and you have an interest'
(2) Copy Figure 4, saipe plate, and add a small body if you
(3) For further practice in drawing the head in direct front
view, copy Figures 2 and 3, Plate 3, and the caricature of Qemenceau
on page 27.
(4) Figures 4 and 5, on Plate 3, illustrate the head in 2/3 froot
view. Draw these.
(5) Draw the caricature of Bolivar, on page 26.
(6) Going back to Plate 2, make ten diagrams of Figure 1. Using
these guide lines, draw ten original comic heads, front view. To get
variety in your work, vary the features, such as different shaped and
sised eyes, noses of different length and shape, etc.
(7) Using similar diagrams, draw ten side view (profile) comic
heads* Employ the same form of variation as in exercise 6.
(8) The head in 2/3 front is more difficult than the front or
profile. But this greater difficulty should only serve as a greater
incentive to conquer, instead of as a discouraging factor. Draw ten
heads in 2/3 front. Block them out with die aid of guide lines. If
you need further help, refer to drawings in this book and to cartoons
in magazines, such as Esquire, Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, etc.
(9) Age. Draw five heads of old men and five of old women.
Refer to this subject in Chapter IL
(10) Youth. Draw five heads of children.
(1) For the purpose of memorizing the essentials of expression,
make several copies of each expression illustrated on Plate 4.
(2) For each expression draw a small comic head but simplify
further the features and expression.
(3) Draw each expression in profile and 2/3 front view.
(4) For further practice of expression turn to Plate 5 and make
exact copies of Figures 1, 2, and 3. Can you express the smile, the
sfcern and angry expressions?
(5) Figures 4, 5, 6, and 7 show Der Fuehrer smifitig, angry,
sad, and interested, respectively.
(6) The cartoonist makes animals express their feelings also.
This is illustrated by Figures 8 and 9 on the same plate (5). Copy
(7) Copy outright the caricature of Foch on page 33. Reprcx
duce exactly the parallel line and Crosshatch shading in this drawing.
(8) Draw a donkey's head, side view, smiling.
(9) Draw an elephant's head as above, except substitute anger
(1) Draw about fifty eyes in various shapes, sises, and degrees
of exaggeration ranging from mere dots and slits to the large, "come-
hither'" eyes of an irresistible young lady.
(2) Draw a large variety of ears in all shapes and si^es.
(3) As for noses make them long, short, slender, fat, roman,
pug, crooked, and flat. Draw them front, profile, and 2/3 front.
(4) Copy Figures 2 and 4 on Plate 6. Also both caricatures of
Masefield on this same plate.
(5) Draw several original heads, using for features, suitable
ones selected from your work in exercises 1, 2, and 3. Also get variety
and exaggeration in hair, jaws, and chins. Make double chins, pointed
chins, chins with beard and stubble beard.
(6) Copy the head of Bismarck, page 39. Change any part you
wish, but be sure to retain a likeness of the subject.
(7) Copy all three drawings on Plate 8. Note the snorting
expression of the pony.
(8) Copy Figures 1 and 3, Plate 7. Note the difference in
exaggeration and technique. For an explanation of spatter shading
as used in Figure 3, refer to Chapter VII and the accompanying
Plate, No. 14.
(1) In all exercises for this section, employ the method of block'
ing out figures as illustrated in Figures A, B, 1, and 4, Plate 9. Copy
Figure 3 following the procedure as illustrated.
(2) Copy Figures 5, 6, and 7. Get the same expressions and
actions as in the originals. Also same shading.
(3) Originate ? comic figures in front view. Get a selection of
fat, slender, tall, and short figures.
(4) Same as Exercise 3 except in side view.
(5) Same as 3 and 4 except 2/3 front.
(1) Read carefully the chapter on action before beginning the
(2) Copy all figures on Plate 10.
(3) Plate 11 illustrates several good action studies. Copy these
(4) Copy the action and shading illustrations on Plate 12.
(5) For a change and rest from figures, copy the caricatures
on pages 44, 49, and 51. Also the one on page 52.
(6) Draw a boxer, side view, punching a bag. Get plenty of
action into it.
(7) Draw Hitler making a speech. Make hair dishevelled, eyes
wild with emotion, mouth opened wide, and arms and hands wikfly
gesticulating. Place M on a balcony and very simply, suggest a
crowd listening. Remember simplicity is essential for good cartoons.
Good cartoons suggest rather than portray faithfully. They only
show the essential with everything superfluous omitted.
(8) Draw a football player kicking a football. Can you ade'
quately represent a hard kick?
(9) Draw a baseball player running to first base and really make
him step on it! Suggest the stadium full of wildly cheering fans.
(10) Do two action figures of your own choosing.
(1) For further practice in the use of parallel lines, Crosshatch,
and spatter in shading, copy the drawings on pages 56 and 57. But
before doing the exercises for this chapter, reread it (Chapter VII)
(2) Draw a cube of about 2 inches square. Use a model if pos-
sible, and have the light coming from only one direction. Shade the
block, using tones of different values for the different planes to bring
out the form forcefully. Also represent the shadow cast.
(3) Draw a cylinder standing on end, about 4 inches high and
2 inches wide. How can you show the curvature of the surface?
It also casts a shadow. Draw the shadow.
(4) A chair is setting in the sunlight. Draw it with a shadow
beneath. Use Crosshatch for the shadow. Does the shadow seem to
lie flat on the ground? Does it stand on edge? Why?
(5) A burglar is running very rapidly beside a board fence.
The moonlight casts a shadow from his feet to the fence and a part
of his shadow is on the fence. Draw him. Suggest houses on other
side of fence, also a few bushes and trash to represent an alley scene.
Have you gotten a pleasing contrast between your light and dark
(6) Draw a fat man in a boat fishing. The boat is small and the
man is so heavy that it is almost standing on end. Draw shadow
beneath the end of boat which is above water. Also the shadow
of the man is shown on the water. Can you represent water simply?
This is a good exercise.
(7) Draw a man's coat, front view, without the man. Place
shadows under lapels and buttons. Make wrinkles as if coat were
on a man.
(8) Draw a vest and trousers as if they were on a man but
don't draw the man. Place shadows where needed.
(9) A pair of shoes are on the floor. The toes are turned up
slightly. Draw them with shadows which emphasize this and show
contact with the floor.
(10) Remember all these tricks of shading and shadows. Draw
an original composition, and shade it according to what you have
(1) Copy the caricature of Jack Dempsey on page 63. Repro-
duce the technique of the original drawing.
(2) Copy the drawing on page 62. Note this is entirely dif-
ferent from die one on page 63.
(3) Copy the composition on page 64. This drawing has cross-
hatch, parallel lines, and heavy stripes. The solid black affords con-
trast and lends color to the drawing. Note the flying notes which
signify that Paderewski is playing.
(4) Copy the drawing of Coffin on page 44. All drawings
should be mack twice the sise which they appear in this book. Note
the simplicity of this drawing. Can you obtain the same expression
as tie author has depicted?
(5) In the two caricatures of Pershing, Hate 13, page 54, note
the difference in treatment or technique. Copy these as exercises in
technique. Also make a drawing of Sam InsulL
(6) Copy the two caricatures of Howard Thurston, Plate 15.
Note the simplification and exaggeration in Figure 2,
(7) Using any model you prefer, draw a caricature using soft
lead pencil and wash.
(8) Draw another one with crayon or any other medium you
prefer. Learn to exercise initiative and originality. If you have an
air brush try a caricature in this medium.
(1) After rereading Chapter IX, make copies of all animals on
Plates 17 and 18. Do not draw them just to get them done, for
such work will not be of any help in developing your ability to draw*
Draw them carefully with the same actions and expressions, unless
you think you can improve them.
(2) Draw a donkey, side view, with Jack Garner in the saddle.
Suggest a landscape of cactus and distant mesas. Can you make the
donkey look lasy and slow? How should his ears be? His head?
What about shading and shadows?
(3) With the help of Plate 8, draw a bucking horse ridden by
a cowpuncher. Have him holding a tep gallon hat in one hand, the
reins with the other.
(4) Draw a woodpecker pecking on a snag. How can you
suggest flying dust and the rapidity of his head movements?
(5) Draw the Russian bear eating a man which is labeled
Finland. Draw this in the style of a propaganda cartoon for news'
(6) Draw the British lion being subdued by Mahatma Gandhi.
This is another propagandist^ idea. How can you best express the
(7) Draw an elephant, labeled G.OJP., standing on rear .feet,
boxing gloves on front feet, punching a bag which is labeled New Deal.
(8) Take a good gag pertaining to a man and his wife and
apply it to a rooster and hen; then draw an illustration of the joke.
(9) Draw Peter Rabbit riding on a sled which is being pufled
by a dog. Make a drawing of this idea which wifl interest children.
(10) Draw any five animals you wish with any actions and
expressions, and in any views you choose. But have expressions con-
sistent with action and vice versa. Develop your imagination by orig-
inating ideas. Develop originality by drawing correctly but differently.
(1) Copy the lettering on Plate 19. Draw pencil guide lines
first and lay out the lettering in pencil also, before beginning with the
lettering pen. It is not necessary to make the fine arrowed lines which
are on die plate merely for the purpose of indicating the direction and
order of the stroke.
(2) Copy the words "Drawing the Head" as they appear on
Plate 2, page 22. Note the shadows cast by letters upon other letters.
(3) From Plate 3, page 24, copy the word "William II." This
is a style often used in newspaper cartoons. Letter the following
words in the same style: "Crown Prince," "John Dewey," "Ferdi-
(4) The word "Coonts," page 32, shows another style appro-
priate for cartoons. In the same style letter "Marshal Foch."
(?) Letter the words "Brandenburg * and "HohensollenT in
the style of the word "Hindenburg" on page 38.
(6) Letter your name with conjoined letters as in "Ignace
Paderewski," page 64. Letter the word Roosevelt in the same style.
Draw the two o's interlocking or passing through each other as two
links of a chain.
(7) Letter several other words in a style similar to that of the
above exercise, but shade the letters differently. Always use guide
(1) Draw a house in perspective, comic style. Have sunlight
falling from right to left and shade accordingly. Where will the
(2) Draw a straight road viewed from its middle. On either
side is a fence* There is also a telephone line on one side of the road.
All lines will converge at the horizon.
(3) Draw a table in perspective. Also the interior of a room
showing windows and door in perspective. For help in these per'
spective drawings refer to Chapter XI. Remember that distance is
suggested by graduated tones, the darkest in foreground and lightest
in the distance.
(4) For an exercise in composition, draw an interior scene
showing a man and a pretty girl, furniture, windows, pictures on
walls, etc. Arrange various items of the picture to put across the
idea, for balance of objects, balance of tones with most important
items most noticeable, those of less importance subdued, and those
which are superfluous, entirely eliminated.
(1) In magazines, histories, encyclopedias, etc., look up pic-
tures of the following people and draw caricatures of them, apply
ing what you liave learned in the eleven preceding sections: William
Bankhead, Leopold Stokowski, Al Smith, Jack Garner, John W. Davis,
Adolph S. Ochs, Bernard M. Baruch, Dr. Raymond Ditmais, W. H.
Woodin, Senator Borah, Dr. Raymond Moley, Sen. Pat Harrison,
"Diszy" Dean, Bfll Tilden, Clark Gable, Joe E. Brown, Jimmy
Durante, Ernest Lubitsch, William G. McAdoo, Charles G. Dawes,
Calvin Coolidge, Jim Barley, Herbert Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover,
Eugene O"Nefl, and F. D. Roosevelt.
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Practice Sketches Faces in Carica-
Comic Figures and Simple Cartoons.
Action and Perspective.
Cartoon Animals and Backgrounds.
Character and Expression.
Seasonal and Holiday Cartoons.
School and College Humor.
Illustrated Jokes and How to Sell
Picture Animating and Chalk Talking.
Humorous Articles How to Illustrate
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